Magazine article Church & State

Catholic League Leader Rakes in Large Salary despite Small Role

Magazine article Church & State

Catholic League Leader Rakes in Large Salary despite Small Role

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William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights, has come under scrutiny for earning an inflated salary even though he speaks for what is likely a very small constituency.

Donohue, who has been head of the Catholic League since 1993, is best known today for making inflammatory media statements about a range of topics. For example, he implied recently that the editors of Charlie Hebdo in Paris who were murdered for publishing cartoons that mocked Muhammad brought harm upon themselves by insulting religion.

"Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction," Donohue said in a public statement.

Donohue also issued a press release in December 2014 that criticized Americans United for assisting the Satanic Temple, a humanistic group that does not literally worship Satan, in securing permission to put up a holiday display in the Florida State Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee.

Although he was not asked for advice, Donohue's press release noted that he would "counsel against" the AU-Satanist "coalition," as he described it. He went on to say that he would not advise Americans United Executive Director Barry W. Lynn that the display constituted "hate speech at Christmastime" because that allegedly wouldn't "bother" Lynn. Instead, he would tell Lynn that it is hypocritical to suggest that "free speech" is for everyone. …

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